If you are reading this list you’ve already started off on the right foot. It’s time you pay attention to what you put in your body. More importantly what’s in the packages of food you are buying. I’ve listed a few tips that will help you before the foods get to your home and into your body.
Never go shopping hungry.
Make yourself a shopping list of healthy foods and stick to it. Don’t wander to an unhealthy area to check prices or see what’s on sale.
Read the back of the container/package to see what is actually in the foods you are eating. The ‘cheap’ or store brand isn’t always the best deal and could not be the best health choice. You may not be getting the quality if you buy the store brand. Although that goes hand in hand with the opposite. Sometimes the store brand is actually healthier, make sure you are reading the labels, you may find a product with the same health benefits in which you aren’t paying extra for a brand name.
Look for food that has a sticker ‘reduced’, many times there is food that has to be sold quickly because of an expiry date. If you buy this food and freeze it, it can be used after the expiry date. It could also be reduced because it isn’t cut properly, if it’s meat for example.
Stay away from the middle isles as much as possible. If you pay attention almost every junk food item is sold in this area. No need to go there.
Buy fresh fruits and veggies as opposed to frozen. For a healthier option visit your local farmers markets whenever possible.
Look at servings per container. A more expensive brand usually shows you less servings per container. You have to multiply the nutritious facts on the back by the number of servings. (Ex. A product could say 300 calories/serving, 4 servings per container. If you aren’t paying attention we could think, great 300 cal but if fact it’s really 1200 cal for the whole package.
There are exceptions to every rule, but for the most part stay away from foods with high sodium, saturated fats and sugar.
Just because something says ‘half the fat’ or ‘reduced sodium’ doesn’t make it the best choice. Half of what it used to be could still be more than what you should have.
Look at the top shelf and the bottom shelf for products with the same or close to nutritional properties. Big companies pay more to have their product stocked at eye level or easily accessible places.
Check the nutritional properties even if the product has a healthy heart or a check mark on the box. Larger companies pay for this which means smaller companies could have the same or better quality without the heart or check mark, for less price.
These tips will help you along your way to a healthier lifestyle. Remember to make small adjustments to you diet. Try whole wheat once in awhile if it’s not in your diet, try 1% milk instead of 2%.
Good luck, little by little you can reach your health goals, this is a good start, keep moving forward.